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The location of Soniat









Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Soniat.

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Soniat, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Soniat and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soniat and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Soniat. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Soniat.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a parish-by-parish basis. We have selected Iberville Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Iberville Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Soniat is near Ascension Parish and also Assumption Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Ascension Parish

Sighting report for Assumption Parish

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Soniat.

How Far From Soniat to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Soniat to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Soniat and extending to:

  • Plaquemine [Map], which is the Seat of Iberville Parish, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Soniat to Plaquemine, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take 6 hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,896 miles [11,098 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,605 miles [12,239.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,481 miles [8,820.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soniat ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Cannonburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Soniat   [Map]

Catherine   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Cedar Grove (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Goldridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lone Star   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Miles   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Samstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Tally Ho   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Texas   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Soniat. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Cleouna 'Cleo' Moore

Actress. She was born in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Friday October 31, 1924 and died in Inglewood (California) on Thursday October 25, 1973 at an age of 49. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cleouna 'Cleo' Moore<7>

Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ellisville (Mississippi) on Wednesday March 16, 1904 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Thursday October 31, 1974 at an age of 70. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer

Leon Joseph Roppolo

Musician. He was born in Lutcher (Louisiana) on Sunday March 16, 1902 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday October 5, 1943 at an age of 41. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Lutcher [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leon Joseph Roppolo

George Bevan 'Bo' Strickland

Major League Baseball. He was born in Lutcher (Louisiana) on Sunday January 10, 1926 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Sunday February 21, 2010 at an age of 84. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Lutcher [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Bevan 'Bo' Strickland

Jim Taylor

Professional football. He was born in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Friday September 20, 1935 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Saturday October 13, 2018 at an age of 83. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Soniat

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Taylor

William 'Lum' York

Musician, comedian. He was born in Elmore (Alabama) on Saturday November 16, 1918 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Sunday August 15, 2004 at an age of 85. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Soniat

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William 'Lum' York

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Louisiana

About Iberville Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Soniat. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Iberville Parish: www.parish.iberville.la.us/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Soniat) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soniat. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.1705, Longitude: -91.1612     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soniat have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Soniat to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.009 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.542 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.611 degrees.

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<7>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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